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Old February 9th, 2011, 04:10 PM   #1
 
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44 carbine question.

I just picked up the book "Ruger and his guns" by R.L.Wilson

This is the first time I have seen the Ruger .44 Magnum carbine. This looks like a rifle I would enjoy shooting.

I look at gunbroker and a few American Rifleman magazines from the 60's.

I find the Deerslayer, the Deerfield, and the .44 Carbine.

My question is:
Are these the same rifle?
If not What are the differences?
Price seems to vary a lot.
Does anybody have one of these?
If so do you enjoy it?
Any problems with it?



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Old February 9th, 2011, 04:17 PM   #2
 
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Same rifle but numbers made with the different names is part of the price difference as well as rear sight.Law suit did away with deerslayer
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Old February 9th, 2011, 04:22 PM   #3
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I just got the same book last month. A must read for Ruger fans
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Deerslayer was a novel by James Fenimore Cooper. There is no such thing as a Ruger Deerslayer, it is Deerstalker. It was made for a short time beginning in 1961, then carried on without the Deerslayer name (same gun, just called .44 Carbine) until 1985. It was a tubular feed magazine, capacity four rounds. In 2000, a similar gun, the Deerfield came out with a four-shot rotary magazine. The action is patterned after the Ranch Rifle with top ejection. It was discontinued in 2006. You can find all of these on Gunbroker, but the latter Deerfield seems to be the hardest to find. Both models are super reliable and fun to shoot.
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I have an old deerfield and would love one with a clip... Cold finger tips at zero temps make the tube hard to load... The new hornady leverevolution amo is awsome in this rifle if you have a tube mag..... could be lighter

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Ithaca sued Ruger over the Deerslayer name being their M-37 was called that for many years before Ruger started useing it.Ruger stopped use of the name but the early ones so marked bring a little extra.
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I have a 1962 model (I know because the serial number is between 1339 and 65061) but my gas plug is flat on both ends and not smaller on one end like the earlier model should. I have been firing this gun without a hitch for about 10 years, until this past week when it locked up in the half-eject position. I took it to a gunsmith and he couldn't help me because he says there is no way to get parts for one of these. Can ANYONE help me with parts? I am looking for two - the right gas plug and another cartridge guide plate.
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I have a 1962 model (I know because the serial number is between 1339 and 65061) but my gas plug is flat on both ends and not smaller on one end like the earlier model should. I have been firing this gun without a hitch for about 10 years, until this past week when it locked up in the half-eject position. I took it to a gunsmith and he couldn't help me because he says there is no way to get parts for one of these. Can ANYONE help me with parts? I am looking for two - the right gas plug and another cartridge guide plate.
you might try Lees Gun Parts Irving Texas its a longshot but he has a gun salvage yard type location theyre open weird hours unsure of any website
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I have an old deerfield and would love one with a clip... Cold finger tips at zero temps make the tube hard to load... The new hornady leverevolution amo is awsome in this rifle if you have a tube mag..... could be lighter
I have a deerfield and have also restored and owned a couple of the earlier .44 carbines.The earlier .44 carbines had the tube mag,only the later deerfields had the box rotary mag.
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